The latest development is from the German car and truck maker, Daimler. It has invested in a UK based drone designer called ‘Starship’, run from Estonia by some former Skype executives. Physically Starship’s engineering is distinct from most of the other experiments in drone technology in that the drones are ground vehicles. Resembling a totebox with wheels they have the ability to drive and navigate themselves. The batteries powering the vehicles last for around 60 minutes.
Starship’s vision includes the option of local retailers using the vehicles to deliver goods to customers. Of course, another possibility is for last-mile and express logistics operators to use them for home-delivery. Conceivably it could be a form of motorised PUDO capability.